Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has come out of retirement for a cameo role in Emmerdale.
The veteran actress is to appear in the rural saga as Mrs Winterbottom, a decidedly demanding guest at Eric Pollard’s B&B.
“There’s only one show I’d come out of retirement for and it’s Emmerdale, particularly as I’ve celebrated my 76th birthday this week (8 November) so I wanted to mark the occasion. I love my character. What a feisty lady she is! Giving them all a run for their money in the B&B on Christmas Day. She’s so rude to them which isn’t like me at all.
“The cast and production team at Emmerdale have been so lovely and really looked after me and I was particularly pleased to be directed by Tony Prescott. I’ve worked with him over many years at Corrie and he’s a lovely man, really good at what he does and very creative. I’ll be looking forward to seeing my scene on Christmas Day and introducing you all to Mrs Winterbottom.” – Liz Dawn
Filming has taken place this week with the scenes due to transmit during Emmerdale’s hour long Christmas Day episode.
Dawn played Weatherfield’s Vera Duckworth from 1974 until 2008, with a special one-off appearance in 2010. The actress decided to retire from performing in 2007 due to the incurable lung disease emphysema which was making life on set difficult. The character was killed off in 2008, but returned as ‘a ghost’ in 2010 when screen husband Jack – played by the late Bill Tarmey – was also sent to soap opera heaven.
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays on ITV, STV and UTV.
Pictured top: Liz Dawn on the Emmerdale set. Pictured Below: A scene from the Christmas episode with Liz as Mrs Winterbottom, inset her most famous role as Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street.